Multcolib Picks: Samurai! Japanese Armament

Samurai The Weapons and Spirit of the Japanese Warrior By Sinclaire, Clive Book - 2004 739.722 S616s 2004 Available in some locations

Annotation:Sections on armor, swords, and polearms provide historical information, colorful illustrations, and diagrams with terminology.

Japanese Arms & Armor
Japanese Arms & Armor Book - 1969 R- 399 J362 In-library use only in some locations

Annotation:Primarily a catalogue of arms and armor in European collections, it also contains line drawing diagrams of samurai armor. Four pages of diagrams show the order in which armor was put on the samurai.

Japanese Swords
Japanese Swords Cultural Icons of A Nation : the History, Metallurgy and Iconography of the Samurai Sword By Roach, C. M. Book - 2010 623.441 R6281j 2010 Available in some locations

Annotation:Packed with detailed information about samurai swords, this book covers all eras and even has a chapter on the creation of a Japanese sword.

Japanese Swordsmanship
Japanese Swordsmanship Technique and Practice By Warner, Gordon Book - 1982 796.86 W281j Available in some locations

Annotation:Featuring the art of iaido — drawing, cutting with, then sheathing the sword — this book also covers the topics of classical training and ethics.

Samurai Weapons
Samurai Weapons Tools of the Warrior By Cunningham, Don Book - 2008 952.02 C973s 2008 Available in some locations

Annotation:A wide variety of weapons are covered here, many of them rare and unusual.

Castles of the Samurai
Castles of the Samurai Power and Beauty By Mitchelhill, Jennifer Book - 2003 728.81 M679c 2003 Available in some locations

Annotation:Beautiful photographs of and clear architectural information about Japanese castles can be found here, but it also includes a map and guide that tourists would find useful. Many castles in Japan also serve as museums and have arms and armor on display within.

Strongholds of the Samurai
Strongholds of the Samurai Japanese Castles 250-1877 By Turnbull, Stephen R. Book - 2009 728.81 T943s 2009 Available in some locations

Annotation:Replete with lovely illustrations, this book by Turnbull provides a nice overview of the topic and has a chapter for tourists who may want to visit one of these architectural marvels.

A Shared List by multcolib_programming

Member of Multnomah County Library

Send multcolib_programming a Message FollowFollow IgnoreIgnore Report This List


Explore the tools and strongholds of Japan’s samurai warriors. Focus first on the katana, the samurai sword, then learn about naginata, yari, yumi, and jutte. See variations of Japanese armor masks, meant to intimidate the enemy while protecting the warrior. Finish with views of Japan’s surviving wooden castles, set atop hand-laid stone bases. This list supplements the Samurai! exhibition at the Portland Art Museum, October 5, 2013-January 12, 2014.

Topic Guide